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Amy Bishop and The Hopeless Sinners

Eleanor Pickup Arts Centre, 5144 51 St, Drayton Valley, AB

Hailing from Calgary, Amy began her music career around campfires, at block parties and in church choir. Knowing a career in music is no guarantee, Amy decided to practice other trades, but her passion for music prevailed, leading her to collaborations with Moby and openings for April Wine, Farmer's Daughter, and Chris Cummings. Amy has a instinctive ability to craft stories into songs and deliver them with sincerity and passion, all qualities that make her an undeniable Canadian talent.

Elizabeth Shepherd

Spirit Square , Golden, BC

Velvety-voiced pianist Elizabeth Shepherd arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album Start To Move was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year by the listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide. Since then, the Montreal-based soul-jazz innovator has established herself as one of the most alluring and imaginative artists on the scene today. Versed in equal parts Stevie Wonder, Salvation Army brass bands and classical sonatas, it is perhaps no surprise that this globetrotting talent has developed such a distinct and unique voice.

Elizabeth has been hailed as “a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility”, praised by critics worldwide for her arrestingly original writing and soulful delivery. Along with artists like Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper, and Jose James she is seen as part of a wave of jazz musicians bringing the art form to a new generation of music fans.

The four-time JUNO nominee (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) has released four widely acclaimed records and toured extensively in North America, Europe, Japan and Mexico. She has sold out legendary clubs from Tokyo to Detroit, played major festivals like Montreal and North Sea Jazz Festivals, shared the stage with Victor Wooten, Branford Marsalis and Christian McBride, and opened for Jamie Cullum at The Hollywood Bowl. Elizabeth is also the only jazz vocalist to ever have been long listed for the Polaris Prize – Canada’s most prestigious music prize – an honour she has received twice.

On her most recent and fifth album The Signal Shepherd has teamed up with guitar genius and Herbie Hancock band member Lionel Loueke as she continues to create jazz for a new generation. Released worldwide through Linus Entertainment (eOne), The Signal has received international acclaim.


Jon Day: Latin Jazz Project

King Eddy , 438 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

This exciting new ensemble, under the direction of pianist and trumpeter, Jon Day, features the music of the Afro-Cuban legends combined with jazz and funk elements.

Jon Day - piano/trumpet, Daniel Nava - bass, Tyler Hornby - drums, Hector Murillo - Percussion.